Thunder Bay police charge 7, seize loaded handgun in drug possession
Seven people, including two from Thunder Bay, are facing charges following a drug-trafficking investigation by Thunder Bay police.
As a result of the investigation, police searched a house on Amelia Street on the afternoon of November 24.
Inside, they found seven suspects — two from Thunder Bay and five from southern Ontario — and three loaded handguns, one of which had been converted to a fully automatic weapon.
Police also found quantities of crack cocaine and fentanyl and a high-capacity magazine.
“It indicates a deeply troubling trend in the city, where you have drugs, money, guns all in one place, and people from the southern Ontario area with them,” said Thunder Bay Police Det. Insp. Jeremy Pearson said. “It’s really part of a trend that we’ve been identifying for years.”
“You have profiteers traveling to Thunder Bay, and with profit, and with the illegal drug trade, comes the potential for violence,” he said. “This potential for violence has shown up in the city and now, more than we’ve seen before, involves firearms, at least the presence of firearms and the threat of firearms.”
All seven suspects face multiple drug and weapons charges. All appeared in court Friday, and were taken into custody.